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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 31, 2010 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

I'm not sure if this is a well-loved Star - I think only among hardcore '72 aficionados. Some folks find it pretty dull. (The show overall is highly regarded, among those who've heard it.)

Not to be a downer, but I'd put this as one of the "bottom five Stars" for '72. Maybe it was just too much of a mellow sea of tranquility for me. Maybe next time it'll hit me.
(You want a long mellow stress-reducer? Try the 12/6/73 Star! The '73 Stars tend to be slower & more relaxed than in '72, and you get plenty of those quiet, calming bouts of screeching feedback.)
All relative, though. Come to think of, most of the 1972 Dark Stars are top 10 Stars. At least 20 of them, anyway...

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Poster: Skobud Date: Nov 2, 2010 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

I think it is a well loved star, and deservedly so...The mellowness you speak of is what makes it...It meanders, has its very Dark points, but still seems to pull you out just in time. Also you cannot forget how good the combo of DS>WRS>Mississippi works, as well as how well the combo works within the setlist itself. This is an epic show by any standard, and this beautiful DS combo is just a part of the bigger picture that was painted by the band that evening. One of the best nights the band ever had imo.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Oct 31, 2010 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: great 1972 dark star

Picked it at random, and I was satisfied. Like I said, probably not top ten of the year for me or most anyone else but I thought it was pretty unique.

I love the 12/6/73 star, one of my favorites for sure. I really posted this as a vague attempt to start some kind of conversation about something besides how much Islam_sucks sucks.